Dates: 28-May-2014 ~ 1-Jun-2014
Generation and Analysis of High-Throughput Sequencing Data for Phylogenetics and Phylogeography
Dates: 14-Jul-2014 ~ 19-Jul-2014
This course focuses on emerging methods for collecting and analyzing high throughput sequencing data for phylogenetics and phylogeography
Paleobiological and Phylogenetic Approaches to Macroevolution
Dates: 22-Jul-2014 ~ 29-Jul-2014
This course will teach participants to use fossil and phylogenetic data to analyze macroevolutionary patterns using traditional paleobiological stratigraphic methods, phylogenetic comparative methods and combined fossil and tree approaches. Macroevolutionary research is currently split into two quite isolated branches, one based on fossils and the other on extant taxa and phylogenies. Increasingly,evolutionary biologists in both camps are realizing that, only by combining neontological and paleontological data and approaches, can a new, and more powerful integrative macroevolution emerge. Unfortunately, these two disciplines utilize very different data and quantitative methods. Therefore to truly initiate a synthesis of these two approaches we need to train students and researchers to understand the intricacies of both fossil and phylogenetic data, and the methods necessary to integrate them.
The NESCent Academy
Starting in 2011, all courses are being offered through the NESCent Academy. The Academy is a new, community-driven process for developing and offering short post-graduate courses in synthetic evolutionary science, as well as evolutionary biology workshops for educators. We asked you, the evolutionary biology community, to suggest course ideas, vote on your ideas and submit full proposals. Here is our list of 2011 courses. The NESCent Academy website has detailed information about instructors, dates and how to apply.
- Evolutionary quantitative genetics: Steve Arnold and Joe Felsenstein
- Next-gen sequencing: data acquisition, comparative genomics, design and analysis for population genetics, systematics and development: Brian O'Connor and Alexie Papanicolaou
- Practical computing for biologists: Steve Haddock and Casey Dunn (co-sponsored by the Bioinformatics Research Center and Department of Genetics at North Carolina State University)
- Computation phyloinformatics: Rutger Vos, Bill Piel and Christian Zmasek (offered by the Computational Biology Research Center in Tokyo, Japan and co-sponsored by NESCent)
- Evolution and Medicine (offered by the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory and co-sponsored by NESCent)